June 12, 2013 11:00AM
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Updated: July 15, 2013 1:12PM
GOP’s goals are about saving party, not helping people
Between 2008 and 2010, two major historical events took place that will shape us as a nation for generations. The first was the Affordable Healthcare Act that will literally save the lives of millions. The second was the economic stimulus which prevented another major economic depression and put us on a path to energy independence. As a result we are now more energy independent than ever before.
Then in 2010 the Republican party regained control of Congress through fear and lies about health care death panels and how the government wants to control our health care. From 2010 to 2012 the main goal of government shifted from helping people to regaining control of the White House. Having failed at that, now the goal is to hold on to control of Congress in 2014. After that it will be to regain control of the White House. See any pattern here? Forget about any help coming out of Washington.
For the past three years Congress has passed a record low amount of bills and sank to a record low approval rating. The Republican party has adapted a scorched earth policy to ruin the credibility of the government and cripple it’s ability to pass helpful legislation. The goal is to blame the President for everything and pass themselves off as the champions of the people.
The Republicans have drawn the next battle line as 2014. On one side of that line you have those who would help people in need and on the other side the Republican party. President Bill Clinton was once quoted as saying that the Democrats seek power to help people while the Republicans seek power for the sake of power.
Michael J. McGregor
Truman said it right: We need a moral compass
Here is the foundation of America’s law according to Democratic President Harry Truman addressing the Attorney Generals Conference on Feb. 15, 1950. Perhaps someone can tell President Obama: ”The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”
How much will you spend to get away from one small tax?
Mr. Solomon: Interesting to hear that the 1.5 percent Lake County tax is forcing you to move to Kentucky or Tennessee — curious how that 1.5 percent will stack up to the cost of moving, finding a new job, finding new schools etc. etc. You may want to try Mississippi or Idaho but you may spend more getting there than the 1.5 percent would cost you to live in civilization.